Social Darwinism, Scientific Racism, and the Metaphysics of Race
Dennis, Rutledge M., The Journal of Negro Education
Tracing the philosophical underpinnings of scientific racism from the early work of hereditarians Darwin, Spencer, and Sumner, to the intelligence testing movement led by Galton and Binet, and lastly to the contemporary race and IQ studies of Jensen, Herrnstein, and Murray, this article maintains that science is often used as a justification to propose, project, and enact racist social policies. It begins with a review of the philosophy of Social Darwinism and of its assumptions about race and human abilities, and ends by analyzing a largely unbroached theme in this debate: the consequences of scientific racism for dominant groups.
Science has often been used as a justification …
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Publication information: Article title: Social Darwinism, Scientific Racism, and the Metaphysics of Race. Contributors: Dennis, Rutledge M. - Author. Journal title: The Journal of Negro Education. Volume: 64. Issue: 3 Publication date: Summer 1995. Page number: 243+. © Howard University Summer 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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